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Impossible ideals: The true costs of Korea’s beauty standards?

Many people I talk to often become very confused when I say that I have female acquaintances who are Korean. Mainly as the first thing they ask me is how I manage to deal with their constant fussing about their appearance before laughing the matter off. But to me this…

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Step by Step Guide: Running Man

Want to get into a variety show but don’t know where to start? Confused by all the in-jokes and want to know more about each of the characters and their backgrounds? Here at Beyond Hallyu we are here to help! From now on we will be giving you…

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Crying Nut vs. CNBLUE – The beginning and possible end?

Way back in 2010 indie-idol group CNBLUE performed Indie group Crying Nut’s ‘Offside’ on MNET’s M!Countdown, a performance that would later be featured on the groups DVD released in Japan. This performance has since become quite the hot topic among netizens and critics since. You see…

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An Interview with Korean Underground Rapper Vasco

If I were to mention the name Vasco in a conversation with friends most would look at me in wonder, while a select few would nod their heads and jump into a long conversation with me. A skilled underground rapper who has worked with the likes of Huckleberry P, Swings…

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koreanindie.com on bringing K-indie to an international audience

Since late 2011 koreanindie.com has been the go to place for many fans of indie and rock music in Korea. The site has become a place in which fans are able to check out reviews of both new and older groups, in-depth interviews with musicians and links to…

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An Interview with up and coming group, From The Airport.

Beyond Hallyu recently had the opportunity to do a short interview with Korean rock group, From The Airport. Here we learnt a little more about their thoughts on the music they produce, what direction they will be taking their music in and their plans for the future.

To new listeners…

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Soon Yul Kang Solo Exhibition – Spiritual Journey

Yesterday Beyond Hallyu went along to the opening reception of Soon Yul Kang’s solo exhibition ‘Spiritual Journey’ shown at MOKSPACE. Below is a press release of what the work is about:
“On viewing Soon Yul Kang’s woven tapestries, the observer is immediately calmed by the still, simplicity of…

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Snowy Weekend: Stay at home Party Mix – BH Playlist

Here in the land of Beyond Hallyu if I take a glance out my window right away I see ice and the remains of what was yesterday a day full of snow sitting on the ground. It’s the weekend and there is nowhere to go! But never fear Beyond…

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Scandals and the Underdogs of Hip-Hop (BH Playlist)

We are just over a week into the start of 2013 and already many issues have arisen within the Korean music industry. It was recently revealed that hip-hop idol group Block B would be taking court action against their company Stardom due to issues with non-payment of earnings…

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Ingeun Kim – One Fine Day Review

How does an artist trying to make a name for themselves in an unknown country live? Apparently with instant ramyun, cultural discomfort and pornography.

One Fine Day (Hwa-chang-han Nal in Korean), is the debut short film written and directed by Ingeun Kim. It follows the life of a…

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